Developmental Editing

Developmental editing (also sometimes called manuscript review) focuses on the large-scale concerns of a piece of writing. These concerns vary depending on the type of writing. For creative writing, developmental editing would focus on the structure, plot, pacing, and character development, for example. For academic or business writing, this type of editing would focus on the order of sections and paragraphs within a report or paper, and the structure of ideas within paragraphs.

As a developmental editor, I have helped clients to:

  • brainstorm and outline plot points for a novel.
  • reorder scenes in a draft of a novel.
  • address issues of pacing, tension, narrator, perspective, and character development.
  • rethink the order of paragraphs in a section of a dissertation.
  • cut and paste sentences within individual sections of a report.

This are just some examples of the work I have done as a developmental editor. Generally speaking, you may need a developmental editor if you have ideas for a large project but don’t know where to begin, or have a rough draft completed that you would like looked at holistically to see where or how it could be improved. Developmental editing is not generally concerned with sentence-level concerns, like grammar or style.

The packages listed below provide an idea of my developmental editing work and rates. Packages are completely customizable, and can be modified based on individual needs. Packages can be combined with workshops or copyediting for a discount.

    • Two complete reads of the manuscript.
    • Extensive in-text comments throughout on elements of craft.
    • Minimal line editing if I notice any patterns in the writing. For example, if you are repeatedly making the same type of grammar error over and over, I’ll point it out and give you notes on how to fix it.  
    • Extensive editorial notes which will identify any issues within the novel, and offer specific suggestions on how to resolve the issues. The length of these notes vary, but they are usually 15-20 pages. 
    • Follow up via email, or one-time phone or Skype session to answer any questions you have about the feedback and how to proceed. 

    $2,000

    • One complete read of the manuscript
    • Extensive in-text comments throughout on elements of craft. 
    • Extensive editorial notes which will identify any issues within the novel, and offer specific suggestions on how to resolve the issues. The length of these notes vary, but they are usually 15-20 pages. 

    $1,000

    • One complete read of the manuscript
    • Editorial notes which will identify the major issues within the novel. The length of these notes vary, but they are usually 5-10 pages. 

    $500

    • Prices above cover developmental editing of novels from 200–300 pages. 
    • Manuscripts should be 12-point font, double spaced, and with standard margins to determine length.
    • If your novel is shorter than 200 pages, or longer than 300 pages, contact me for an adjusted quote. 
    • If you need developmental editing of a work of non-fiction, contact me for a quote.